More than 300 New York groups calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to modernize the state’s bottle bill. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Returnable Container Act, advocates released a letter to Gov. Hochul.

This letter was signed by various New York environmental and community groups, asking for an expansion of the Returnable Container Act — or bottle bill — to reduce litter, and boost support for municipal recycling and environmental justice programs.

The bottle bill was first enacted in 1982 and currently requires a 5-cent refundable deposit on eligible beverage bottles. The bottle bill was last expanded more than years ago.

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Author: WRGB CBS 6 Albany
WRGB CBS 6 Albany